Westword announces Colorado Women in Abstraction

Westword, A Village Voice Media newspaper covering Denver and surrounding areas, announces Colorado Women in Abstraction at Center for Visual Arts, MSU, Denver, Friday, July 15.  My work, “Vortex” is featured (below). http://www.westword.com/event/colorado-women-in-abstraction-7923758 THINGS TO DO IN DENVER Colorado Women in Abstraction   Courtesy of the Center for Visual Art/MSUD Margaret Pettee Olsen,”Vortex.”  DETAILS Time:6:00 p.m. […]

State of the Art Criticism

I’ve been away from my blog as I’ve been planning and then moving my studio to a new, much larger space. A flood forced the move, but it turned out to be an excellent one. So I have some catching-you-up to do. Here’s a quick recap of what’s been of note to me outside the […]

Facture — Finding My Way in Paint

Above, Waves (detail), 2013, polymer, reflective and interference pigment on canvas was sold to a private collector.   For years I’ve been inclined to put down subtle washes that I would build, layer upon layer.  I was immersed in the recognition of fast painting for so long during the eighties I reacted by defying painterly-ness […]


  This September 20th consider participating in the silent Auction at BMoCA. (Update –This painting was sold at auction to a private collector.)   My work, ‘Waves’ (pictured above) will be available.  A detail (below) highlights some of this painting’s subtle reflective properties. Click the link below to view auction items and further information on […]

Fracture By Margaret Pettee Olsen At ABSTRACT, Curated By Dean Sobel

I am very pleased that a recent painting, Fracture, was included in the show ABSTRACT, curated by Dean Sobel, at Core in Denver, Colorado. Sobel is the Director of the Clyfford Still Museum, and former curator of the Aspen Art Museum.ABSTRACT runs November 15 – December 2, 2012, at Core in Denver, Colorado.

Power And The Language Of Abstraction

The language of abstraction can address a model of the universe that’s slippery and fluid; exquisitely accurate and irreducible on the one hand but inconceivably colossal on the other. We live in a world wherein the smallest stuff is neither energy nor matter—and yet both. Abstraction can allude to the conceptually unwieldy intersection of these […]


Lately, I’ve been checking in with colleagues and discussing what is new in their process and thinking regarding their work.  Most recently, I’ve been up in Aspen and have found a number of people with whom I worked on projects in my early years in New York.  I stopped  by The Aspen Art Museum, July […]